What to do If Your Child Sees A Woman Breastfeeding

World Breastfeeding Week wrapped up yesterday and during that week the amazing Tampa Bay Birth Network shared educational memes about breastfeeding on their Facebook page.

I had submitted a photo I took of Roree and they used it with this caption:

Allow children to witness breastfeeding

I do not know how many times the argument against nursing in public arises in relation to other children witnessing a mother breastfeeding her child. One of the most common things I hear is, “I don’t want to have that conversation with my child at the park/restaurant/etc!” or “How am I supposed to explain that to my child?”

For those that share such concerns, let me help you.


How to Explain to Your Child the Act of Breastfeeding

Child: “Mom/Dad? What is that lady doing?”

You: “She is feeding her child.”

Note: The conversation could very well end here, but just in case it doesn’t…

Child: “Why is she doing it like that?”

You: “Because that is why a woman has breasts, to feed her baby.”

Child: “Did you feed me like that when I was a baby?”

You: “Yes.” or “No, I was not able to/chose not to, but that is why they make formula and bottles.”

The end.



I’m proud to say that Roree only associates breasts and breastfeeding with comfort, love and nourishment. In fact, whenever she wants to show affection toward something, she nurses it. Including, but not limited to: baby dolls, pictures of people she loves, DVDs, and stuffed animals.

I’m not sure why some parents think that the sight of a mother nourishing her child naturally will turn into a sex conversation when a woman’s breasts’ purpose have nothing to do with sex. This is a learning experience for your child if they don’t already know what breasts are for.

In other words, to those whose children witness me breastfeeding in public… you’re welcome. 


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2 Responses

  1. Veronica Lee says:

    Hi! Stopping by from Mom Bloggers Club. Great blog!
    Have a nice day.

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